Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

(re)Birth: Using Drama Therapy for Emotionally Healing from Traumatic Pregnancy Experiences
by Stefens, Andrea M. M., M.A., New York University, 2012, 78; 1549233
Abstract (Summary)

Pregnancy is a short but extremely impactful time in a woman's life. When trauma occurs during the course of pregnancy the negative emotional consequences can be long-lasting. They can also be complex both for the client to understand and for the therapist to treat. This thesis explores the hypothesis that because drama therapy allows the client such tools as the safety of distancing, full use of the body, embracing of paradox, role investigation, and a way to express the emotional responses to both met and unmet societal expectations it is therefore uniquely suited to helping women who have been through traumatic pregnancies reclaim feelings of emotional well-being. A comprehensive literature review is presented which looks at the reasons why a traumatic pregnancy is such a complicated event to achieve emotional closure with, the appropriateness of drama therapy methodologies for use with this population, and the difficulties inherent in therapeutically approaching situations of ambiguous loss and difficult to define traumas. Finally, this author presents data from the writing and performing of a script exploring her personal experience as a survivor of two extremely physically traumatic pregnancies (script included herein) and documenting how drama therapy advanced her process towards healing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Landy, Robert J.
Commitee: Dintino, Cecilia, Garcia, Antonina, Hodermarska, Maria
School: New York University
Department: Music and Performing Arts - Drama Therapy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Theater, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Ambiguous loss, Arts based research, Creative arts therapy, Drama therapy, Hyperemesis gravidarum, Traumatic pregnancy
Publication Number: 1549233
ISBN: 978-1-303-60918-3
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